Building a Sustainable future, together

Meeting tomorrow’s needs by shaping buildings and places that are fit for the future today.

At Wates, we take a holistic approach to sustainability in the built environment. We understand that lasting success involves designing, building and maintaining buildings and places for longevity, and continuously monitoring their performance.

Your collaboration partner for the full life cycle of your building

Our approach to decarbonisation supports the full life cycle of domestic and non-domestic buildings, encompassing design, construction, retrofitting and facilities management.

With our expertise, dedication to innovation, and commitment to long-term sustainability, we are your trusted partner on your journey to net zero carbon.


Shaping spaces for thriving communities

Sustainable placemaking is at the heart of our development philosophy to create vibrant and enduring spaces that enrich the lives of residents and businesses alike.

  • Strategic land location: We are experts in identifying prime locations for sustainable developments, considering environmental impact and community integration.
  • Engagement and planning: With effective local stakeholder engagement and exceptional knowledge of the planning process, we deliver sustainable and low-carbon places.


Building for a net zero future

Whether it’s a home, a commercial office, or a public facility, we design and construct buildings that stand the test of time.

  • Built right, first time: With our in-house experts and specialist engineering services, we can provide a fully optimised design to reduce full life carbon, enhance biodiversity net gain and maximise resources.
  • Data driven decision making: We utilise data to conduct post occupancy evaluation to learn and continually improve the efficiency of the building and future designs.
  • Ongoing performance monitoring: We help you leverage data and technology to adapt your spaces to evolving usage patterns such as flexible workspaces.


Retrofitting for lower emissions

We understand the challenge of improving the energy efficiency of existing structures, and our approach covers every aspect:

  • Initial planning: We work with you to create a retrofit plan that aligns with your sustainability goals.
  • Efficiency measures: Our experts implement energy-saving solutions to upgrade existing buildings.
  • Smart space management: Adapting spaces to evolving needs, ensuring optimal energy and water usage and occupant comfort.

Our comprehensive approach

Our approach to decarbonisation is built around the three core tenets of building for the future; maintaining buildings for the long term; and continuously monitoring their performance.

In-house experts: With our in-house experts, specialist engineering services and post occupancy services, we understand how buildings perform. We bring this intelligence into our designs to ensure the best outcomes for your building.

Bespoke designs: Working closely with you and our strategic supply chain, we will provide bespoke designs that maximises opportunities for a net zero future. We believe in thoughtful, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing designs that integrate seamlessly with your vision.

Serving communities first: We put our communities at the heart of what we do. From initial consultation through to build and maintenance, we aim to create sustainable spaces for people to live and work.

  • Leveraging early engagement: We aim to increase biodiversity net gain (BNG) outcomes for our customers through early engagement with designers, ecologists and our strategic supply chain partners.
  • Enhancing local BNG outcomes: Our focus is to improve the local biodiversity where we can. Where this is not possible, we can advise customers on appropriate biodiversity net gain offset solutions.

Technology: We stay at the forefront of innovation to recommend market-leading, tested solutions and products that keep to the highest sustainability standards. Our solutions are tailored to meet your unique needs and budget.

Implementation: Once we’ve identified the right technology and solutions for you, our skilled team ensures a flawless implementation process.

Transformation: Our solutions enable you to monitor and manage your building efficiently, ensuring you can identify and implement future changes seamlessly.

Sustainability in action: Our smart building solutions not only make your facility more efficient but also contribute to your sustainability goals. With real-time data and automation, you’ll be empowered to make informed decisions that reduce your carbon footprint.

  • Sustainability champions: Our award-wining services demonstrate our commitment to the environment. We leverage our expertise to help clients envision and achieve their sustainability goals, guiding them to meet and exceed industry standards.
  • Exceeding standards: Our dedication to sustainability means we don’t just aim for compliance; we aspire for leadership in the sector. We work closely with our customers to align your vision with our expertise, helping you become pioneers in sustainability in your fields.
  • Innovation for impact: With our in-house experts, cutting-edge technologies and a wealth of experience, we empower customers to not only meet the strictest standards, but to inspire change. Together, we pave the way for a sustainable future, setting new benchmarks and making a lasting impact.
Accreditations and Memberships

The WIN Portal – your gateway to innovation

The path to net zero carbon emissions demands innovation.

That’s why we produced the WIN Portal — a unique marketplace of innovative solutions – free to access and designed to help you reach your own net zero goals.

We are working with the DfE to build the first net zero carbon schools

Decarbonisation of public and commercial buildings

In 2022, in response to the release of PAS 2038 for non-domestic buildings, we developed a compliant service to support the decarbonisation of public and commercial buildings.

As a delivery partner on 80% of the UK’s leading central and local government frameworks, including for the Ministry of Justice, Department for Education, and NHS healthcare estates, we continuously innovate to meet the evolving decarbonisation needs of our customers to drive forward your sustainability journey.

We are committed to building sustainable, energy efficient homes that contribute to net zero and bio-diversity net gain

Sustainable new homes and developments

We’re proud to be building award-winning zero carbon homes across the UK. Our commitment to the environment and net zero means we are always exploring new sustainable ways of building and modern methods of construction.

Our partnership with the City of Cardiff Council, for example, will see 42 new homes built to the Passivhaus low energy building standard, which will keep energy consumption low and slash bills for residents.

Helping landlords cut fuel poverty

The UK has some of the least energy-efficient homes in Europe. Our PAS 2035 compliant service is designed to guide customers through every step of your retrofit journey.

To date, we have helped housing customers unlock over £100 million of government funding through the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund. Currently, we are delivering over 30 PAS 2035 compliance projects and improving the energy efficiency of over 5,000 homes.


Our sustainability services


Want to be part of our team?

Social Value Advisor

Location: London NW1

Job Type: SHEQ

Application Deadline: 01-07-2024

Wates Group has an exciting opportunity for a Social Value Advisor to join our team in London.As a Social Value Advisor, you will work closely with the Social Value Manager to deliver the Social Value KPI's for each allocated site or contract within the London region, enhancing our brand for customers and leaving a lasting legacy in the communities we serve.Key responsibilities include: Coordinating and delivering on all the Social Value KPI's across community, social, economic, and environmental domains, ensuring alignment with project KPIs and managing discrete projects. Collecting evidence data at the start and end of Social Value activities and provide support for the site-based Social Value Champions in doing so too. Developing and collating content for social media and the website, creating case studies, Impact reports to support the regional communications plan. You will work with the Social Value Manager and collaborate with the Communications team to produce content for internal and external publications. Identifying and engaging with all stakeholders local to your projects, leading initiatives that empower these groups to co-design projects. You will ensure stakeholder opinions are considered to influence key decisions on community projects and may undertake research to support bids. Sourcing and training internal champions and supporting them to lead relevant initiatives at the site project level. Champion roles range from Social Value, Diversity and Inclusion, Social Enterprise, Safeguarding Environmental, Wellbeing and real Living wage. As Social Value Advisor you need to have knowledge in these areas to lead these champions. From a delivery perspective, you will support each project's employment and skills plans, involved from the bid stage through to delivery, to ensure commitments are met and communicated effectively. You will collaborate with the planning team to establish pre-programme PR opportunities/milestones in line with the relevant client's External Social Value Communication Strategy and work with the Group team on delivering Wates corporate programmes around education, employability, and enterprise.Ideally, you will have experience in a similar role on projects valued at £10 million or more and possess the passion and drive to deliver strategy and new initiatives successfully across the business. However, this is not essential. We are looking for someone with a positive demeanour who has strong interpersonal and communication skills, whilst also having experience with research task, multitasking abilities and the capability to work effectively with all internal and external contacts at all levels. Excellent administrative skills, including data collection and entry, are essential in this role. Experience within the residential or public sector is advantageous.

Sustainability Manager

Location: Newbury

Job Type: SHEQ

Application Deadline: 26-06-2024

Wates are looking for a Sustainability Manager to join our construction team in the Southern region focussing on supporting the region to deliver the Wates Group sustainability targets and deliver high profile, technically complex projects across multiple sectors.If you are passionate about the construction industry with proven skills and looking for an opportunity to challenge the norm, bring fresh new ideas and elevate yourself within the industry then join us and help to create tomorrow together.This is a great opportunity to progress your career as part of a talented, diverse, and supportive team.About The RoleOur Sustainability Managers are a valuable part of our business, driving improvements in resource efficiency, carbon reduction and increasing biodiversity whilst achieving the highest standards of safety, health, and environmental controls. Our Sustainability Managers work collaboratively with our regional Senior Leadership teams and Project Managers to ensure the sustainability requirements of our clients are met to the highest standards.As Our Sustainability Manager You Will Spearhead sustainability initiatives across the Southern region, reporting directly to the Sustainability Business Partner. Provide expert guidance on sustainability and environmental practices for projects and bid submissions, ensuring alignment with group ESG targets and commitments. Drive the achievement of sustainability and environmental targets throughout project lifecycles, from preconstruction to construction phases. Establish and implement environmental best practices according to industry standards (ISO 14001, BREEAM, Well, NABERS, PAS 2080 or similar), collaborating closely with design, procurement, delivery, and customer teams, while managing external environmental consultants and providing regular performance tracking and improvement initiatives. Additionally, engage supply chain partners to align with Wates' sustainability strategy and conduct training sessions to enhance regional staff's sustainability and environmental awareness.What We Offer Competitive salary & bonus Flexible working Car Allowance / Company Car (subject to Role/Grade) Travel covered to any of our sites (subject to HMRC advisory rates) Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 8% employers’ contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 26 days holidays + bank holidays and much more… Excellent range of learning and development activity to support your career progression. Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity.To find out more about LIFE AT WATES please click on the following link

Sustainability Manager

Location: Cardiff

Job Type: SHEQ

Application Deadline: 19-06-2024

Wates Group is seeking a dedicated Sustainability Manager to join our Residential team in Cardiff where the focus is on housing plus modular homes. As a developer contractor, Wates Residential focuses on investing, developing, building, and selling quality affordable and sustainable housing in collaboration with Local Authorities, Registered Providers, and public bodies.As the Sustainability Manager, you will support and guide the business region on implementing the Wates Residential sustainability plan. This involves both operational support and product design, including sustainable construction practices, low-carbon homes, energy management systems, and renewable energy solutions. Your efforts will contribute to our net-zero carbon and nature-positive goals.As our Sustainability Manager you will: Deliver the Residential sustainability plan implementation and ensure governance compliance in the region; working closely with the design, development, commercial, cost estimating, procurement, delivery and customer care teams. Ensure regional or local regulatory or client specific requirements are incorporated into the wider Residential business unit sustainability plan. Promote environmental best practice building standards (e.g. BREEAM, Passivhaus, AECB, RIBA, LETI, Well, etc.), manage whole life carbon assessments and green infrastructure planning to achieve biodiversity net gain targets. Lead data collection and management for projects with the support of Group functions. Provide inputs to annual reporting and prepare case studies. Contribute to the creation of project win strategies / themes at a regional level. Support and draft specific high quality sustainability orientated responses during bids. Promote environmental awareness, capability and competence of the regional staff by leading, delivering and participating in targeted and effective training and familiarisation to develop colleagues’ knowledge. Manage the appointment of the environmental consultants. Hold regular principal calls/meetings with our consultants to track progress and any issues. Support stakeholder engagement, particularly with our supply chain to ensure we meet our sustainability commitments and scope 3 targets. Represent the company in a professional and intelligent manner. Develop value propositions with Sales & Marketing and Development Management teams on development projects and undertake thorough review of the Employers Requirements and identify any risks/opportunities. Be supported by the Residential Head of Sustainability and Wates Group Sustainability experts and contribute towards achievement of Group-wide targets and initiatives.What we offer: Competitive salary & profit share scheme Car allowance/Company Car Flexible working Travel covered to any of our sites (subject to HMRC advisory rates) Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 8% employers’ contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 26 days holidays + bank holidays and much more… One of the best learning and development programmes which is customizable to support your career progression goals. (c.7000 training sessions delivered year to date across the Wates Group) Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity.

Senior SHE Advisor

Location: Basingstoke

Job Type: SHEQ

Application Deadline: 18-06-2024

Wates Group have a new opportunity for a Senior SHE Advisor to join our Residential South team, where the primary focus of this role will be to provide professional SHE support, advice and coaching at regional business level. Engage with Operational, Commercial and supply chain peers to ensure that the business SHE policy is promoted and effectively deployed and provide leadership, support and development to SHE advisors.Residential is a developer contractor; we invest, develop, build and sell quality affordable housing, either contracting or in a form of partnership with Local Authorities, Registered Providers and public bodies.As our Senior SHE Advisor, you will: Ensure that all projects are visited on a regular basis, personally attending as agreed with SHE Manager, providing supportive advice and coaching. Coach, advise and support project leads and Regional leadership on risk identification and mitigation. Lead investigations into agreed incidents and coach project teams on investigation techniques. Complete regular reviews of project RAMS and project plans ensuring they are fit for purpose and ensure compliance is met, providing timely team-work style advice, coaching and support. Promote the use of internal systems in the recording of incidents, ensure the timely close out of all recorded actions. Support local project teams and regional leadership in the preparation of bids and pre- construction information. Actively promoting risk awareness within the design and pre- construction communitiesWHAT WE OFFER Competitive salary & profit share scheme Flexible working Car Allowance / Company Car (subject to Role/Grade) Travel covered to any of our sites (subject to HMRC advisory rates) Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 8% employers’ contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 26 days holidays + bank holidays and much more… One of the best learning and development programmes which is customizable to support your career progression goals. (c.7000 training sessions delivered year to date across the WATES Group) Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity.

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